17
May

A View Over Florence

A Florentine View

During the first half of the 14th century this villa belonged to a famous Florentine named Bartolomeo di Niccolò. It was later owned by Bartolomeo di Filippo Valori, who was closely connected to the Medici family. He acted as commissioner to Pope Clemente VII during the siege of Florence in 1530. Valori was made a Senator by Alexander de’ Medici, but as a reaction to the Duke’s infamy, he joined forces with those fighting for freedom in Montemurlo. On the 20th August 1537 Valori was beheaded and his possessions were confiscated by Cosimo I. The villa which was then known as “Villa del Morone” was sold in 1542 to one of the most faithful supporters of the Medici family, Bishop Raffaello Minerbetti. In the following century it came into the possession of the Ficiati family. In 1759 it belonged to the Sisters of St. Anne of the Fields and was used as a convent for about 150 years.

Later the house was owned by a succession of people until 1925, when Pietro Simoni and his wife bought it from the son of the Swiss painter Arnold Böcklin. Carlo Böcklin was devoted to painting and had his studio in a loggia (now room 34), dominated by the father’s bust. It was the Simoni family who converted the villa into a guest house and built extensions.

Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and in the garden – SPA elegantly decorated with antique furniture – Dinner, appetizers and brunch on the terrace with panoramic view over the city of Florence – Typical Menù – wine list with a wide selection of Italian wines and wineries.  This is a 14th-century villa set in the hills above Florence and surrounded by Tuscan olive groves. The terrace offers panoramic views of the city.

  • You have a free internet point with Wi-Fi in the lounge
  • There is also a game and TV room, plus a children’s play area on the grounds
  • Breakfast includes sweet and savoury Tuscan products
  • Free parking is provided. The pretty town of Fiesole is just a 5 minute drive from here

The restaurant serves typically Tuscan food, made with genuine ingredients, according to the recipes and habits of the traditional Florentine family, with some contributions from international and Italian regional cooking.

For breakfast a buffet with Tuscan bread, bread rolls, sliced bread with tomato, a simple homemade yoghurt cake, brioches, fruit, boiled eggs (or, on demand, eggs cooked in different ways), corn flakes, muesli, yoghurt, fruit juices, cheese, sliced ham and salami.

Lunch is not available here but appetizers are prepared using fresh, seasonal and regional traditions. From 17:30 to 22:00, in the summer are served on the terrace. Dinner is served inside and outside onthe terrace in the summer and you get a great selection of choice…

Also…. from here it is possible to take the number 7 bus which links this oasis of peace and tranquillity with Florence. Quote reference: 4412.

12
May

A Contemporary Villa on the Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast Villa

This villa is an exceptional contemporary villa designed and built in the 1960s by a leading Italian architect. Set in the heart of one of the most attractive and extensive private estates of the Amalfi coast, the villa offers a unique private retreat in an inspirational setting. The grounds are almost entirely given over to the cultivation of lemon trees and the citrus-laden trellises extend from the top of the headland right down to the coastline. All year round the landscape is dominated by the deep shades of green vegetation, the vivid yellow of ripening lemons and the profound blue of the sea below. Guests have exclusive use of a panoramic salt water swimming-pool, ingeniously designed to incorporate the sheer cliff wall. A path leads down from the grounds to a private rocky cove at the waters’ edge. Furthermore, guests can enjoy the exclusive cooking of a local chef offering a daily first-class menu of seasonal dishes using local ingredients. The estate provides guests with small electric cars for easier access to the property which is situated at the end of a winding tarmac road.

Within the large estate is another independent property and if you also take this on you will be able to accommodate up to 24 persons.

Professional Cook (1 day off)  for the preparation of lunch and supper.
Butler (1 day off)  for waiter service for breakfast, meals and aperitifs
Maid for daily cleaning service (1 day off)
Concierge service at the reception, able  to satisfy all your needs.
Gym with two treadmills and a stationary bike.
Meeting room equipped with a table for 20 people, with screen, projector and wi-fi and this is shared with the other property.
Maiori, with all essential services, is 3 km. away.

Our Kitchen: all guests will enjoy our Chef’s cuisine: with courtesy and confidence, he can satisfy even the most discerning guests. He proposes a local fish-based cuisine, but also wonderful grilled meats, pasta, a wide variety of fresh vegetables and fruit and desserts to die for! and fresh fish in every way (fried or oven-baked). A triumph of cheese and mozzarella with cold cuts and tasty roasted vegetables. Savory condiments and only seasonal raw materials. A kitchen that takes away the desire to go eating elsewhere! Cooking lessons with our Chef, and of course fine dining that highlights the traditions and cuisine of the Amalfi Coast.

Our selected staff offers the due professionalism in services, ensuring the warm personal touch that you can find in a private house. In addition to the Concierge service that guarantees assistance for any Guests’ needs, each house has its own Chef, a Butler and a cleaning lady, in order to offer the best services. The staff is local and knows all the customs, habits and histories of the Amalfi Coast. They has been working with us for many years in a harmonious team, they are all collaborative and they always try to best satisfy with kindness all the needs of our guests.

The property a detached house can accommodate up to 14 persons with 7 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms.

Ground Floor: extensive veranda with sea view, large living-room with dining area, guest bathroom with washbasin/WC, laundry/ironing-room. Fully equipped kitchen with larder and dishwasher, large cooking range with indoor barbecue grill; open-air dining area with outside kitchen.

Top Floor: 1 double master bedroom, dressing-room and bathroom with shower and large bath tub. Air conditioning.

First Floor: 1 double bedroom and 1 bathroom with shower. Lower level. Air conditioning.

Floor Below: 2 double and 2 twin bedrooms each with en suite bathroom with shower, sea views. Air conditioning.
Changing-room: with showers and access to terrace leading directly to the swimming pool.

Garden house: near the swimming pool 1 double bedroom and 1 bathroom with shower. Air conditioning.

03
May

Gourmet Heaven

Spa

This relais is a charming house kept in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, where the hills give way to the enchanting Etruscan hill-town of Cortona. Their love for this land, rich in history and ancient traditions, is the foundation of the best expression of food and wine in Tuscany which inspired and guided this great dream of Silvia & Riccardo Baracchi, transforming the ancient Villa of the 17th century, once home to the famous poet Antonio Guadagnoli, into a jewel of hospitality. Today, 25 years after its inauguration, the relais along with a Michelin star restaurant, a wine resort and exclusive SPA is a small world of charm suspended in time, that has preserved the simplicity of two youths in love with a dream, from which a wonderful story has been created. Stay here and experience something truly exceptional.

 

01
Apr

An Architectural Oasis

Telling its stories, a place becomes part of those stories. The legend takes on a life beyond the place and becomes timeless.The origins of the village are lost in the history of medieval Tuscany and the famous people who established the reputation of the region. Every alley, every stone speaks of a time that once was, of flavours and scents that recall the memory of a rare and more authentic Tuscany.Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, in the shadow of the cypress trees of the ancient Via dei Sette Ponti, (an area rich in art and culture between the three main cities of Tuscany Florence, Arezzo and Siena), this village is an open window on history, a fresco to a far away world. The Medici dynasty, the Savoia family and now the Ferragamo family have safeguarded and preserved this precious oasis, making this place, suspended between the past and the present, a sanctuary dedicated to well-being and the art of hospitality.

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In this medieval village, a Relais & Châteaux nestles in the picturesque Tuscan countryside.  This place offers charm and hospitality totally orientated to the needs of guests.  An astonishing variety of activities and indulgences to suit the most discerning of palettes. With rooms which are an elegant portrait of the classic Tuscan style. Subjected to meticulous restoration, the original features have been retained whilst enriching them with all the most modern comforts. Stay in the historical villas or in one of the suites in the village and enjoy the unique culture. Or experience your stay in one of the the farmhouses, which are a different way to experience this beautiful place. Surrounded by orchards and gardens, lovingly restored in traditional style and materials, these structures blend functionality and comfort and offer a unique experience.  Let yourself be swept in to a landscape populated by olive groves, vineyards and traditional rural farmhouses and soak in the atmosphere of Tuscany.  All the Farmhouses are located in the countryside surrounding the medieval village; it is recommended that you have your own car.

Stay here and enjoy the food and there is so much to offer, from the osteria to the bistro to the VinCafe. Enjoy spa treatments and group retreats and there are a few schedules available for 2016 and enjoy the wine which is produced here. Quote reference: 1124.

Ideal for:

  • Romantic Breaks
  • Foodies
  • Sport Enthusiasts
  • Weddings….

 

01
Apr

A Family Concern

Welcome to this family run location.  Located in a small village just outside the walls of the medieval town Casole d’Elsa, in the upper part of the Val d’Elsa, on the borders of the province of Siena and not far from San Gimignano and Volterra.

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The house is open all year round and you can come for short stays (weekends for example), week holidays or work stays. The environment is ideal for children and couples or those of you who do not wish to drive every day.  There are large open spaces where children can play without danger.

With eight apartments available for guests, all well furnished, renovated, of various sizes, with very picturesque views, typical of the Tuscan hills. They have air conditioning and access to wireless internet connection. From the swimming pool you can enjoy a breathtaking view with a terrace that overlooks a far-reaching valley surrounded by a chain of hills on which stands the ancient villages of Mensano, Monteguidi, Radicondoli with the geothermal Museum “Le Energie del Territorio” (The Territory’s Energies), Pomarance and Larderello with its unique fumaroles and the evocative medieval Rock of Sillano. There is an equipped gazebo on the pool side where you can enjoy light lunches, dinners, parties, drinks, private and exclusive cocktail parties.

The property produces  extra virgin Olive Oil and wine, which you can buy directly.The family atmosphere is very welcoming and it makes it a perfect holiday place for those who love relaxation and quiet. While here you will find two restaurants and a wine bar. The Restaurant is mentioned in many famous guidebooks – one star on Michelin – and it is considered one of the best in Tuscany. A sophisticated atmosphere where you can taste regional food with a modern touch. Their other Restaurant offers typical Tuscan food, with high quality but reasonable prices. The wine bar is full of fine wines. An ideal destination for lovers of wine-tasting.  Quote reference: 4246

This place is perfect for:

  • Wine tasting
  • Fine Dining
  • Small intimate weddings
30
Mar

A Countryside Retreat

The Castello offers the opportunity to rent one of the remarkable countryside farmhouses and live amongst the vineyards and sweeping hills on this historical estate. The spacious and authentic farmhouses are both private and social and include a host of modern conveniences which make any stay most enjoyable.

The secluded and spacious Tuscan Farmhouses for rent are peaceful, private homes surrounded by acres of open space, ideal for getting away from it all. All of the Farmhouses are carefully crafted from original materials found on the estate, including stones, bricks and terracotta that has been used for centuries.

These expansive homes feature traditional Tuscan architecture with modern updates and conveniences like spacious kitchens, sumptuous baths, outdoor dining areas  and glass-tiled infinity-edged pools.

Farmhouses are available for weekly rentals beginning on Sundays. Each Farmhouse ranges from 5,000 to 7,000 square feet or 460 to 690 interior square metres and is located on a secluded grand estate with expansive views.

You are away from it all but you also have the service and you are looked after…..